The State of Downtown: Groundswell Growing (and Condos Opening)

Our post on the new planning director generated strong opinions. From Bill:

Decades of (perhaps well-intentioned) planning, codification, blah, blah, blah… has resulted in concrete canyons with walls of completely uninspired architecture. A glance down any of these canyons on any day, at any time, reveals a line of vehicles, like a mechanized stream following the ravine, and only rarely an actual pedestrian. It’s basically a ghost town. If the citizens of Mercer Island want something more remarkable, it will take the energetic visions of many, and changes in the behavior of the vast majority.

“Like a mechanized stream following the ravine…”

And  from Ben, some ideas:

I’m interested in working to build character on the island, I hope I’m not alone. I think there are some simple things that could be done — like adding back some of the original street names. And, some more complicated things — like turning the Luther Burbank waterfront powerhouse into some kind of cafe/coffee shop.

Ben, you are not alone. Many residents feel that downtown could be much more vibrant than it is.

Also this weekend, the condos at 7800 are having a Grand Opening. Interesting that they advertise the walkscore of downtown:

7800, welcome to the neighborhood and we hope you rent your retail space to businesses that we want to walk to, not real estate companies and banks.

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One response to “The State of Downtown: Groundswell Growing (and Condos Opening)

  1. Thank you for your repsonses and feedback. 🙂

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